News 12 at 11 o'clock, October 24, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---A controversial nightclub that was shut down after a murder reopened as a restaurant today.
"I say, 'Baby Super C is open! Let's go!'" said Dianna McFarland, one of the first customers to Super C after the Augusta Commission ordered it closed and back open again following a deadly shooting back in July.
"Me and my husband been coming here forever and we never had no problem, and I'm happy it opened," Dianna said.
So is club owner Charles Cummings. "I was always thinking that it's gonna be alright cause if you pray and you have faith things work out."
The doors are back open again but with stipulations. No one under 21 is allowed after 10 o'clock and no alcohol will be served. The owner says that's okay because he's back open after being closed for 2 months.
"Seems like an eternity," Cummings said.
In what some call a striking about face, community leaders who once spoke out against the night club recently started supporting the restaurant. They said things would be different this time.
"If you are challenged then you shouldn't take it personal," Cummings said. "You just have to prove that you are the person that you know you are."
It is a bittersweet time. One businessman gets a new start, while Sheila Fryer continues to mourn her son's death.
"I still love Sheila," Cummings said. "Sheila used to work for me a long time ago. I still love the family and I'm sure deep down in her heart she still loves me too."